Volume 93, Issue 56

Wednesday, January 26, 2000


Mustangs steal "Thunder" from Lakehead Wolves

Dalhousie tourney has silver lining

A wrestling rumble, Guelph style

First and second at McGill meet

A wrestling rumble, Guelph style

By Sean Maraj
Gazette Staff

Although Western's wrestling team hoped to emerge big winners from their weekend tournament, the competition prooved to be a little too steep.

The Guelph tournament featured national competition from all over the country, including British Columbia. Western head coach Ray Takahashi said he was pleased with how the team faired at the Open.

"I thought it was good, there were some good performances," Takahashi said. "I thought Rachel Dean had a good performance, she wrestled quite well."

Dean, along with Megan McGuire, Belinda Chow and Rob McDonald, contributed strong individual performances for Western which proved to be the highlights of the tournament.

Western captain Keith Bannon, who wrestled in the 68 kg weight class, said he was pleased with the results of the tournament, despite not placing first. Bannon was quick to point out the importance of the tournament, which was to prepare for the looming Ontario University Athletics championships. "We did all right. Guelph is a difficult tournament. It's not result-oriented but we made good progress and it will help us focus on the OUA championship," Bannon said.

Tournament co-ordinator and Guelph head coach Doug Cox said he was proud of his team's second place finish, especially considering the strong competition at the tournament. "We did quite well, our men are young but they're where we thought they would be – some of the women surprised us," Cox said.

Despite the team's impressive finish, Cox said he wasn't ready for them to rest on their laurels. He said he was already looking at areas where his team could improve for their next foray on the wrestling mat.

"Conditioning-wise we're pretty good, but when we're down on the mat – that's where we have problems," he said.

Bannon also said the Mustangs had room for improvement, but cited the more fundamental aspects of the sport as areas in which the team has suffered as of late.

"Just some minor technical aspects, all of us were being scored on [because of minor problems]. We can improve in those areas, but it's mostly just fundamentals," Bannon said.

Takahashi remained optimistic after the weekend and thought with a little work, the Mustangs would be in solid shape for the OUA championships.

"Our strong point is our consistency over all the weight [classes]. We're pretty solid all the way through. We're depending on a total team effort, if all the team members perform the way they can, we should be good."

The Mustangs will be back in wrestling action this weekend at the annual Western Open, held at Carling Heights.

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